Use Multiple Large Words As Passwords To Boost Spelling And Security

Use Multiple Large Words As Passwords To Boost Spelling And Security

Two of the biggest problems with passwords is how hard it is to make a secure one and how difficult those are to remember. Solve both problems by using an assortment of commonly misspelled words.

As we (and xkcd) have discussed before, longer, multi-word passwords are harder to crack than short ones with a bunch of random characters in them. Since you’re already in the neighbourhood, you may as well exercise your spelling skills at the same time by choosing hard-to-spell words. This way, you’ll get in the rhythm of typing them correctly. If you’re looking for a few, here’s one of the many lists of commonly misspelled words the internet has to offer.

LPT: start changing the password on the family computer every week to a big hard word like “photosynthesis” or “subterfuge” [Reddit]


  • Only somewhat. If a list of password hashes is leaked, any password made solely from dictionary words will be cracked more easily.
    Put in some punctuation and numerals as well to add complexity to the length.
    Ideally, use a password manager to generate truly random and long passwords.

  • What? No! Words.. never.

    Please please pleeaassseeeee read the Ars Technica series on password cracking before making password suggestions.

    One of the recent ones they did an amateur-attempt, and got a quick and fairly decent crack rate. Then they brought in experts. They got quicker, and more successful crack rates.

    They even explicitly mention that XKCD comic as making things easier.

  • Part of the problem with passwords these days, that I am sure every one is aware of is the requirements imposed by companies and sites about what constitutes and is allowed as a password.

    Many places require a password that has a Capital letter, a number, a punctuation mark, lowercase letter and is at least eight characters in length. And if you forget it well you cant use one that you used in the last 453 previous attempts (perhaps some hyperbole).

    Passwords are important but when I have at least ten different ones at least for software I use at work, it is becoming very annoying.

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